MTS sets ridership records for 2007
Milestones set in 2007 include:
“Many Factors contributed to these records,” explains Paul Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer of MTS. “The biggest reason is that our system has been realigned to better serve the region. In addition, high gas prices, congestion and greater awareness of climate change issues helped boost ridership.”
Special event services also contributed to the MTS record ridership:
“People know what great service we provide to Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park and the Convention Center,” continues Jablonski. “We move almost 20,000 people out of Qualcomm Stadium within an hour after a Chargers game. That’s just phenomenal and people have learned that it’s much easier to ride the Trolley to many special events in San Diego to avoid traffic and parking issues.”
Another factor for increased ridership is the greater awareness of the environmental benefits of riding public transportation.
“Giving up your car for a day or more a week is the easiest and most effective way to reduce your personal carbon footprint,” states Jablonski. “The average driver in California puts nine tons of pollutants into the air each year. Riding one of our clean and efficient Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses or our all-electric trolley is much more friendly to the environment. That idea is catching on.”
In 2008, MTS will continue to become an ever “greener” alternative. A contract with New Flyer calls for up to 50 new CNG buses to be delivered in each of the next five years and MTS will take delivery of the region’s first-ever gas-hybrid buses this fall.
For more information or to plan a trip visit www.sdmts.com or dial 511 from any phone and say Public Transportation.